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Volume 57, Number 16    December 7, 2009         

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Dial-up modem service discontinued
Effective Jan. 20, 2010, SF State will no longer provide dial-up modem service for the campus community because of budget cuts and diminished modem usage. Users still relying on dial-up modems will need to find alternative solutions for Internet/network access. Contact the Division of Information Technology Help Desk at  or ext. 8-1420 with questions.

OLLI spring sessions preview on Jan. 20
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will host a spring session preview Jan. 20 at the Downtown Campus. OLLI provides non-credit classes, activities and discussion forums at the Downtown Campus for anyone older than 50. This is also a great place to meet new friends and get involved in a dynamic learning community. For complete course descriptions and more information about OLLI, visit or call OLLI Director, Debra Varner, at ext. 7-4243. Register now for Spring Session I beginning Jan. 4 and Spring Session II beginning April 5.

Holiday invite.

Tax Shelter Annuity (403B) Sessions at SF State
SF State Benefits and Retirement Services is presenting Tax Shelter Annuity (403B) one-on-one sessions with fund sponsors during December and January. Representatives from VALIC, Fidelity, MET Life, ING and TIAA-CREF will be present to answer questions.

All sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in ADM 251 and are open to current participants and employees interested in opening a 403(b) account.  Contact the representatives directly for an appointment.

University Planning Advisory Council formed
President Robert Corrigan has announced the membership of a faculty-staff-student group that will examine the budget challenges facing SF State, consider ways the University might re-envision itself in light of new fiscal realities, and make recommendations to the president and president's cabinet. The group will seek input from the entire campus community.

The University Planning Advisory Council will be chaired by Academic Senate Chair Shawn Whalen. Other members are: Sheldon Axler, dean, College of Science and Engineering; Frank Bayliss, professor of biology; Robert Cherny, professor emeritus of history; Tendai Chitewere, assistant professor of Liberal Studies; Robert Collins, assistant professor of American Indian studies; Kurt Daw, dean, College of Creative Arts; Nancy Hayes, dean, College of Business; Patricia Joost, executive assistant to the dean, College of Education; Leroy Morishita, executive vice president for Administration & Finance and Chief Financial Officer; Linda Wanek, professor and chair, Physical Therapy graduate program, and a student to be named. Sitting as ex officio members of the group will be President Corrigan and Ramon Castellblanch, CFA president and assistant professor of Health Education. Linda Buckley, associate vice president for Academic Planning & Educational Effectiveness, and John Kim, associate vice president for Academic Resources, will serve as consultants to the committee, and Jason Porth, associate director for Community Relations, will staff the group.

Academic Senate
The following is a list of action items from the Dec. 1 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Heard the final report from Susan Shimanoff of the Graduation Requirements Task Force
  • Approved a recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed revisions to the title of the BA in English: Concentration in Language Studies
  • Heard a recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding the proposed course capacity policy, first reading
  • Heard a recommendation from the Senate Executive Committee regarding a proposed policy on enrollment control tools and declaration of major, first reading

This week in Insiders: Assistant Professor of Social Work Rashmi Gupta published two papers and Professor of Philosophy Anita Silvers was selected to receive a national award.

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In this issue of Newsmakers: Professor of Marketing Bill Perttula comments on online holiday shopping and Professor of Asian American Studies Grace Yoo discusses politics in Cupertino.

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New way to submit events to CampusMemo
CampusMemo now picks up event listings directly from the University Calendar to streamline the events publicity function for campus units. Departments interested in publicizing an event in CampusMemo simply need to register the event on the University Calendar by 10 a.m. on Wednesday of the previous week. To submit an event, go to and click on "Submit an Event" in the left-hand navigation bar. This new procedure saves event sponsors the extra step of entering information specifically for CampusMemo, and the later deadline for submittal allows more time for event sponsors to submit their items to CampusMemo.

Click on the link for each event to view full listing in the University Calendar.

Recital: Student Chamber Ensembles: 1 p.m.

Musical concert: Winter holiday concert by SF State Handbell Choir and Friends: 7 p.m.

Concert: Student Chamber Ensembles: 8 p.m.

Workshop: Managing Employee Performance: 10 a.m.

SF State Employees Holiday Craft Fair: 10 a.m.

Recital: Piano students of William Corbett-Jones: 8 p.m.

Recital: SF State Orchestra: 1 p.m.

Theatre: "Henry IV": 8 p.m.

Coming Up
Dec. 11: Recital: Classical Voice: 1 p.m.

Dec. 11: Candlelight Concert: 8 p.m.

Dec. 11: Theatre: "Henry IV": 8 p.m.

Dec. 12: Candlelight Concert: 8 p.m.

Dec. 12: Theatre: "Henry IV": 8 p.m.

Dec. 13: Lecture: Morrison Artists Series pre-concert talk: 2 p.m.

Dec. 13: Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Alexander String Quartet: 3 p.m.



For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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